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A Tribute to the Memory of Victor & Erna Hasselblad

The images of man's first steps on the moon in 1969 are among the most iconic in the history of photography. The moment was immortalized with a "Hasselblad", a Swedish technical innovation whose name subsequently became more or less synonymous with the concept of the world's best camera.

Picture taken by Neil Armstrong, on the moon, with a Hasselblad camera

Each year the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) produces a booklet commemorating a person whose scientific, engineering, economic or industrial achievements were of significant benefit to the society of his or her day. 

IVA’s latest booklet seeks to shine a spotlight on the Hasselblad camera, the engineering that made it possible, the path into the global market and the crucial collaboration with NASA – but above all, the key figures behind both the camera company and the Hasselblad Foundation, which through proactive management of their legacy has been able to distribute around half a billion kronor in research funding, grants and stipends: Erna and Victor Hasselblad.

The booklet was presented at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). The text is written by Göran Bengtsson, Chair of the Hasselblad Foundation.

A Tribute to the Memory of: Victor & Erna Hasselblad (2023)